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Ola Hudson
VHFP Visionary


Born in Nashville, Tennessee on June 9, 1930

Educator, Community Volunteer








BIOGRAPHY
Ola G. Hudson is a community volunteer and educator who devoted 40 years to the Nashville public school system, where she taught and served as coordinator of Home Economics and Interim Director of Vocational, Adult, and Community Education. Born to Benjamin and Rachel Hudson on June 9, 1930 in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Hudson was the seventh of nine children. In 1926, the family moved to Nashville from Selma, Alabama,

“so that the children might have access to a better education.”

Even as a young child, Hudson aspired to be an educator. She told her mother at a very early age that she wanted to be a teacher and played school games with her siblings and friends. In eighth grade, she bought a roll book and kept “the roll” along with her teacher. Then, at the age of 18, she was tapped to be the general superintendent of the Spruce Street Baptist Church Sunday School which she served for 27 years (13 years as General Superintendent and 14 years as Superintendent of the Children’s Department.) Hudson continued to pursue her dream, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1951 and a Master of Science in 1953, both in Home Economics Education from the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, now called Tennessee State University.

In 1953, Hudson stood before her first class of students at Natchez High School in Nashville, Tennessee. While there were many successes in her career, two in particular stand out. As an employee of the Nashville Metro Schools Human Relations Department, she created a communications program aimed at helping all levels of the school system look at diversity in a more positive light during the desegregation process. Also, in 1990, she secured her school administration’s approval and a state grant to create a program for pregnant teenagers. In the first five years of the program, it had a 100-percent graduation rate.

In May of 1997, Hudson was inducted into the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame. Hudson has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for over fifty years, and was recently named the Golden Soror of AKA. Ms. Hudson is a past president of the Metropolitan Nashville Retired Teachers’ Association.


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